robbers have escaped while attempting to steal valuable freight which was being
unloaded from a KLM Boeing 747-400 at Johannesburg International Airport last
flag-carrier KLM has initiated an inquiry and a review of security in the wake
of the incident.
KL591 was robbed at gunpoint ahead of its return to Amsterdam. A spokesman for
the airline says that shots were exchanged but that the gunmen escaped in the
has not indicated what type of cargo was on board the aircraft or how much of
the freight was stolen.
aircraft, registered PH-BFM operating under the KLM Asia banner, had to be
inspected for damage following the attempted robbery and was cleared to depart
after incurring a delay of more than four hours.
says that it is to review the shipment of valuables to the airport and is in
talks with South African authorities to prevent further occurrences.